October 23, 2020
Longtime partner Mordecai “Mordie” Rochlin, an active member of the Paul, Weiss community for more than 83 years, passed away on October 23, six weeks shy of his 108th birthday. During his career at Paul, Weiss, Mordie represented many of the country’s most prominent families and business and philanthropic leaders for their most important trust and estate matters.
Firm chairman Brad Karp announced his death in a firm memo, noting that Mordie was “a real treasure” who would be sorely missed, calling him the “embodiment of the history of Paul, Weiss.” Mordie was the last living lawyer to have worked directly with each of the firm’s name partners: Randolph Paul, Louis Weiss, Simon Rifkind, John Wharton and Lloyd Garrison. Until his last days, Mordie could recall with uncanny detail his interactions with each of the five.
Mordie first joined Paul, Weiss as an associate in June 1937 before becoming a partner in 1951. Although Mordie retired in 1983, he continued to work in his Paul, Weiss office on the 32nd floor several days a week until long after he turned 100, according to a story published October 23 by the New York Law Journal.